Mechanic’s Creed

Upon my honor I swear that I shall hold in sacred trust the rights and privileges conferred
upon me as a certified mechanic. Knowing full well that the safety and lives of others are
dependent upon my skill and judgment, I shall never knowingly subject others to risks
which I would not be willing to assume for myself, or for those dear to me.
In discharging this trust, I pledge myself never to undertake work or approve work which
I feel to be beyond the limits of my knowledge, nor shall I allow any non-certificated
superior to persuade me to approve aircraft or equipment as airworthy against my better
judgment, nor shall I permit my judgment to be influenced by money or other personal
gain, nor shall I pass as airworthy aircraft or equipment about which I am in doubt, either
as a result of direct inspection or uncertainty regarding the ability of others who have
worked on it to accomplish their work satisfactorily.
I realize the grave responsibility which is mine as a certified airman, to exercise my
judgment on the airworthiness of aircraft and equipment. I therefore, pledge unyielding
adherence to these precepts for the advancement of aviation and for the dignity of my
Flight Safety Foundation
Written by Jerome Lederer
Director, Safety Bureau
U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board, 1941

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